I'am new to the SW
Community, I've Just Recently Purchased a New 75 Gallon Tank ( no over flows), Pine Stand, All Glass Tops, Single Strip Light. I also Have a New Pro Clear Aquatic 125 Wet/Dry With a Rio 2500 submersible Pump, with a hang on Overflow (prefilter). Have 300W Sub. Heater In fish tank. I have 40 lbs. of live rock and 40 lbs of live sand. I used Oceanic Natural Sea Salt Mix In my tank. During Setup I Filled Tank With 75 gallons of 82 degree tap Water. I than Added enough salt for 78.8 Gallons Of Water to accomandate for 3.3 Gal
Wet/Dry. I drop My Rio 2500 Submersible Pump in bottom of tank, i let salt and water circulate for 3 hours. Next i hooked up my wet/dry to fish tank and and filled with chilled water. I ran System for 2 hours, check SA was At 1.025 At 80 Degrees. I then Filled Tank with 40 Lbs. Of live Rock, Let sit for 2 Hours, and Filled in with Live Sand.
System Has now Been Sitting For 2 Full Days running. These are my Tan Parameters, Sa 1.022 @ 78 Degrees, Ph 8.2, Ammonia 0.00 ppm
, No-2 0.00 ppm
, No-3 15-20 ppm
, The Nitrates is what worrys me, is my tank still to new for accurate levels?
Also i'm worried about my bio-balls and the stories i hear about them being Nitrate traps, can i replaced them with something else in my wet/dry system?
With My Pro Clear Aquatic 125, is their a way that i can set it up as a refugium? maybe using a 10 gallon tank along side of it and drill holes? any one have pictures or step by step instructions on how to do this?
Things i need to still get is A high end skimmer to mount in wet dry, also looking at Inline Ultra Violet light and a Inline 300w Heater.... anything you can think of that i missed???
Also How long should i wait for system to cycle before added fish, i'm guessing atleast 2 months or until i can get my Nitrates Down?
Thanks for all the help, i've been searching this site for all the info i can get....